A Reality Check

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, 27 February 2015

 

We are all here by the mercy of Gurudev. Without the mercy of Guru and Vaishnavs we cannot even make one step forward.

"যোগ্যতা বিচারে কিছু নাহি পাই, yogyata vichare kichhu nahi pai: when I examine myself for qualifications, I find none." We have no quality, no qualification, but by the mercy of Gurudev and Srila Guru Maharaj we can get everything.

Gurudev said many times, "I have no quality. I do not know where I was, but my Guru Maharaj took me from that hellish position." We are conditioned souls and Gurudev can take us from that kind of hellish position and use us for the service of the Lord.

We are always offenders, we make so many offences (Vaishnav aparadh, seva aparadh, and so on), and only our Gurudev and Vaishnav-varga can remove these offences from our heart. As long as we make offences we will not be able to proceed in our spiritual life because we cannot do proper service due to the offences.

Actually, we do not know what is service and what is karma, what is service and what is duty. Sometimes we may do something that does not please our Guru, does not please the Vaishnavs because we do what our mind is asking us to do, but:

ঐছন আমার মন ফিরে যেন অন্ধজন
সুপথ বিপথ নাহি জানে

aichhana amara mana phire yena andha jana
supatha vipatha nahi jane

My mind wanders like a blind man who does not know the right way from the wrong way.

'Thakura Vaishnava-gana' by Srila Narottam Das Thakur

Our mind does not know what is the right way and what is the wrong way, that is why we must take some advice from the great Vaishnavs—our Guru-varga, Gurudev—we must follow their advice and continue our spiritual life in that way. That is the main thing for us.

The problem, though, is that we have so much ego. The sun is giving light, but that light is not coming through because there is a wall blocking the light. Our Gurudev, Gurupadpadma, and Vaishnavs bestow their mercy on us, but we cannot see it because our ego is standing in the way. We think we know everything, we have everything, we are very powerful and very knowledgeable, but in fact we know nothing, we have nothing. We must understand this.

Gurudev always tells us to be humble, tolerant and give honour to others...

 

 

 

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